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Full text of "Dell: Alienware M14x R2 Owner'S Manual"

Alienware M14xR2 
Owner's Manual 



Regulatory model: P18G Regulatory type: P18G002 




Notes, Cautions, and Warnings 

^ NOTE: A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of 
your computer. 

/\ CAUTION: A CAUTION indicates potential damage to hardware or loss of data if 
instructions are not followed. 

/i\ WARNING: A WARNING indicates a potential for property damage, personal 
injury, or death. 



Information in this document is subject to change without notice. 
© 2012 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. 

Reproduction of these materials in any manner whatsoever without the written permission of Dell Inc. 
is strictly forbidden. 

Trademarks used in this text: DelF" and the DELL logo are trademarks of Dell Inc.; Alienware® is 
a trademark or registered trademark of Alienware Corporation; Microsoft , Windows , and the 
Windows start button logo ^ are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation 
in the United States and/or other countries; Bluetooth is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth 
SIG, Inc. and is used by Dell under license. 

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming 
the marks and names or their products. Dell Inc. disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and 
trade names other than its own. 

Regulatory model: P18G Regulatory type: P18G002 

2012-04 Rev.AOO 



Contents 



1 Before You Begin 11 

Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices . ... 11 

Safety Instructions 12 

Recommended Tools 12 

2 After Working Inside Your Computer. .. . 13 

3 Base Cover 15 

Removing the Base Cover 15 

Replacing the Base Cover 16 

4 Battery 17 

Removing the Battery 17 

Replacing the Battery 18 

5 Optical Drive 19 

Removing the Optical Drive 19 

Replacing the Optical Drive 22 

Contents | 



6 Hard Drive 25 

Removing the Hard Drive 25 

Replacing the Hard Drive 27 

7 Memory Module(s) 29 

Removing the IVIemory IVIodule(s) 29 

Replacing the Memory Module(s) 31 

8 Center-Control Cover 33 

Removing the Center-Control Cover 33 

Replacing the Center-Control Cover 35 

9 Keyboard 37 

Removing the Keyboard 37 

Replacing the Keyboard 39 

10 Palm-Rest Assembly 41 

Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly 41 

Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly 44 



I Contents 



11 Wireless Mini-Card(s)/WirelessHD Card 
(Optional) 45 

Removing the Mini-Card(s) 45 

Replacing the Mini-Card(s) 47 

12 Power-Button Board 49 

Removing the Power-Button Board 49 

Replacing the Power-Button Board 50 

13 Status-Lights Board 53 

Removing the Status-Lights Board 53 

Replacing the Status-Lights Board 55 

14 Speakers 57 

Removing the Speakers 57 

Replacing the Speakers 58 

15 Subwoofer 61 

Removing the Subwoofer 61 

Replacing the Subwoofer 62 



Contents | 



16 Internal Card with Bluetooth Wireless Technology 
65 

Removing the Bluetooth Card 65 

Replacing the Bluetooth Card 66 

17 Coin-Cell Battery 69 

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 69 

Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 70 

18 Display Assembly 73 

Removing the Display Assembly 73 

Replacing the Display Assembly 76 

19 Mini-Card Board 77 

Removing the Mini-Card Board 77 

Replacing the Mini-Card Board 78 

20 System Board 81 

Removing the System Board 81 

Replacing the System Board 84 

Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS 85 



I Contents 



21 Thermal Fan 87 

Removing the Thermal Fan 87 

Replacing the Thermal Fan 88 

22 Thermal Cooling Assembly 89 

Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly 89 

Replacing the Thermal Cooling Assembly 90 

23 Processor Module 93 

Removing the Processor Module 93 

Replacing the Processor Module 95 

24 System Setup 97 

Overview 97 

Entering System Setup 97 

25 Flashing the BIOS 105 



Contents | 



Contents 



1 



Before You Begin 



Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid losing data, save and close all open files and exit all open 
programs before you turn off your computer. 

1 Save and close all open files and exit all open programs. 

2 Click Start ^^ and click Shut Down. 

Microsoft Windows shuts down and then the computer turns off. 

^ NOTE: If you are using a different operating system, sea the documantation of 
your operating system for shut-down instructions. 

3 Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical 
outlets. 

4 Disconnect all telephone cables, network cables, and attached devices 
from your computer. 

5 After the computer is unplugged, press and hold the power button for 
about 5 seconds to ground the system board. 



Before You Begin | 11 



Safety Instructions 

Use the following safety guidelines to protect your computer from potential 
damage and ensure your personal safety. 

/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer. For additional safety hest practices information, 
see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid damaging the computer, ensure that the work surface is flat 
and clean. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid damaging the components and cards, handle them by their 
edges and avoid touching pins and contacts. 

/[\ WARNING: Disconnect all power sources before opening the computer cover or 
panels. After you finish working inside the computer, replace all covers, panels, 
and screws before connecting to the power source. 

/\ CAUTION: Only a certified service technician is authorized to remove the 

computer cover and access any of the components inside the computer. See the 
safety instructions for complete information about safety precautions, working 
inside your computer, and protecting against electrostatic discharge. 

/\ CAUTION: Before touching anything inside your computer, ground yourself by 
touching an unpainted metal surface, such as the metal at the back of the 
computer. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to 
dissipate static electricity, which could harm internal components. 

/\ CAUTION: When you disconnect a cable, pull on its connector or on its pull-tab, 
not on the cable itself. Some cables have connectors with locking tabs or 
thumb-screws that you must disengage before disconnecting the cable. When 
disconnecting cables, keep them evenly aligned to avoid bending any connector 
pins. When connecting cables, ensure that the connectors and ports are correctly 
oriented and aligned. 

/\ CAUTION: To disconnect a network cable, first unplug the cable from your 
computer and then unplug the cable from the network device. 

Recommended Tools 

The procedures in this document may require the following tools: 

• Small flat-blade screwdriver 

• Phillips screwdriver 

• Plastic scribe 

12 I Before You Begin 



2 



After Working Inside Your Computer 

After you complete the replacement procedures, ensure the following: 

• Replace all screws and ensure that no stray screws remain inside 
your computer 

• Connect any external devices, cables, cards, and any other part(s) 
you removed before working on your computer 

• Connect your computer and all attached devices to their electrical outlets 

/\ CAUTION: Before turning on your computer, replace all screws and ensure 
that no stray screws remain inside the computer. Failure to do so may damage 
your computer. 



After Working Inside Your Computer | 13 



14 I After Working Inside Your Computer 



3 



Base Cover 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 



Removing the Base Cover 



Procedure 

1 Turn the computer over. 

2 Loosen the captive screws that secure the base cover to the computer base. 

3 Slide and hft the base cover off the computer base. 




1 captive screws (2) 2 base cover 



Base Cover | 15 



Replacing the Base Cover 

Procedure 

1 Align the tabs on the base cover with the slots on the computer base and 
slide the base cover until it snaps into place. 

2 Tighten the captive screws that secure the base cover to 
the computer base. 

Postrequisites 

1 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. 



16 I Base Cover 



4 



Battery 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Battery 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

Procedure 

1 Disconnect the battery cable from the connector on the system board. 

2 Loosen the captive screws that secure the battery to the computer base. 



Battery | 17 



3 Using the pull-tab, lift the battery off the computer base. 




1 battery 

3 captive screws (2) 



2 pull-tab 

4 battery cable 



Replacing the Battery 



Procedure 

1 Place the battery in the battery bay and tighten the captive screws that 
secure the battery to the computer base. 

2 Connect the battery cable to the connector on the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

2 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. 



18 I Battery 



5 



Optical Drive 



/[\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read tlie safety information 
tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices Information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Optical Drive 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

Procedure 

1 Lift the connector latch and use the pull-tab to disconnect the 
optical-drive cable from the connector on the system board. 



Optical Drive | 19 



2 Loosen the four captive screws that secure the optical drive to 
the computer base. 

3 Using the pull-tab, lift the optical drive off the computer base. 




1 optical-drive cable 

3 optical drive 

5 captive screws (4) 



2 connector latch 
4 pull tab 



4 Remove the screws that secure the optical-drive cable connector to 
the optical drive. 

5 Disconnect the optical-drive cable connector from the connector on 
the optical drive. 



20 I Optical Drive 



6 Gently peel the optical-drive cable from the optical-drive bracket. 




1 screws (2) 

3 optical-drive cable 



2 optical-drive cable connector 



Optical Drive | 21 



7 Remove the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to 
the optical drive. 

8 Using the pull-tab, lift the optical-drive bracket off the optical drive. 




1 screws (4) 



2 optical-drive bracket 



3 pull tab 

Replacing the Optical Drive 

Procedure 

1 Place the optical-drive bracket on the optical drive and then ahgn the 
screw holes on the optical-drive bracket with the screw holes on 

the optical drive. 

2 Replace the screws that secure the optical-drive bracket to 
the optical drive. 

3 Connect the optical-drive cable connector to the connector on 
the optical drive. 



22 I Optical Drive 



4 Replace the screws that secure the optical-drive cable connector to the 
optical drive. 

5 Adhere the optical-drive cable to the optical-drive bracket. 

6 Place the optical drive in the optical-drive bay. 

7 Tighten the captive screws that secure the optical drive to the computer 
base. 

8 Slide the optical-drive cable into the connector on the system board, and 
press down on the connector latch to secure the cable. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

2 Replace the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

3 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on page 13. 



Optical Drive | 23 



24 



Optical Drive 



6 



Hard Drive 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid data loss, do not remove the hard drive while the computer is 
On or in Sleep state. 

/\ CAUTION: Hard drives are extremely fragile. Exercise care when handling the 
hard drive. 

^ NOTE: Dell or Allenware does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for 
hard drives from sources other than Dell or Alienware. 

^ NOTE: If you are installing a hard drive from a source other than Dell or Alienware, 
you need to install an operating system, drivers, and utilities on the new hard drive. 

Removing the Hard Drive 

Procedure 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 3 in "Removing the Optical 
Drive" on page 19. 

Procedure 

1 Loosen the three captive screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to 
the computer base. 

2 Using the pull-tab, gently lift the hard-drive assembly and then disconnect 
the hard-drive interposer. 



Hard Drive | 25 



3 Lift the hard-drive assembly off the computer base. 




1 hard-drive interposer 
3 pull-tab 



2 captive screws (3) 
4 hard-drive assembly 



26 I Hard Drive 



4 


Remove the four screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to 
the hard drive. 




5 

1 


Lift the hard-drive bracket off the hard drive, 
pull-tab 2 screws (4) 




3 


hard-drive bracket 




A 


CAUTION: When the hard drive is not in the computer, store it In protective 
antistatic pacl<aging. See "Protecting Against Electrostatic Discharge" In the 
safety Instructions that shipped with your computer. 




Replacing the Hard Drive 




Procedure 




1 


Place the hard drive in the hard-drive bracket. 




2 


Replace the four screws that secure the hard-drive bracket to the hard 
drive. 




3 


Connect the interposer to the hard drive. 




4 


Place the hard-drive assembly in the computer base. 




5 


Tighten the three captive screws that secure the hard-drive assembly to 
computer base. 


the 




Hard Drive | 


27 



Postrequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 6 to step 8 in "Replacing the Optical 
Drive" on page 22. 

2 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

3 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

4 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 1 3 . 



28 I Hard Drive 



7 



Memory Module(s) 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

^ NOTE: Memory modules purchased from DellorAlienware are covered under your 
computer warranty. 

Your computer has two user-accessible SODIMM connectors. 

Removing the Memory Module(s) 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 



Memory Module(s) | 29 



Procedure 

1 Loosen the captive screws that secure the memory-module cover to 
the computer base. 

2 Lift and shde the tabs on the memory-module cover out of the slots on 
the computer base. 




captive screws (2) 



2 memory-module cover 



/\ CAUTION: To prevent damage to the memory-module connector, do not use tools 
to spread the memory module securing clips. 

3 Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing clips on each end 
of the memory-module connector until the memory module pops up. 



30 



Memory Module(s) 



4 Slide the memory module out of the memory-module connector. 




1 memory-module connector 2 securing clips (2) 
3 memory module 

Replacing the Memory Module(s) 

Procedure 

^ NOTE: If you need to install memory modules in both memory-module connectors, 
install a memory module in the lower connector before you install a memory module 
in the upper connector. 

1 Align the notch in the memory module with the tab in the memory- 
module connector. 



Memory Module(s) | 31 



2 Slide the memory module firmly into the connector at a 45-degree angle, 
and then press the memory module down until it clicks into place. 
If you do not hear the click, remove the memory module and reinstall it. 

^ NOTE: Yourcomputer may not bootif the memory module is not installed properly. 




1 
3 

3 

4 



memory-module connector 2 
notch 4 



tab 

memory module 



Slide the tabs on the memory-module cover into the slots on the 
computer base and lower the memory-module cover into place. 

Tighten the captive screws that secure the memory-module cover to the 
computer base. 



Postrequisites 

1 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

2 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

3 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



32 



Memory Module(s) 



8 



Center-Control Cover 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Center-Control Cover 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 



Center-Control Cover | 33 



Procedure 

1 Remove the screws that secure the center-control cover to 
the computer base. 




1 



screws (3) 



2 Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 

3 Gently pry the center-control cover and then ease the tabs on the 
center-control cover out of the slots on the palm-rest assembly. 



34 



I Center-Control Cover 



4 Lift the center-control cover off the pahn-rest assembly. 




1 center-control cover 

Replacing the Center-Control Cover 

Procedure 

1 Align the tabs on the center-control cover with the slots on the 
palm-rest assembly. 

2 Gently press around the edges of the center-control cover till it 
snaps in place. 

3 Close the display and turn the computer oven 

4 Replace the screws that secure the center-control cover to 
the computer base. 



Center-Control Cover | 35 



Postrequisites 

1 Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

2 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

3 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



36 I Center-Control Cover 



9 



Keyboard 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Keyboard 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

Procedure 

1 Remove the screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 

/\ CAUTION: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time- 
consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard. 

/\ CAUTION: Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard. Failure to do so 
could result in scratching the display panel. 



Keyboard | 37 



2 Carefully pry the keyboard up and slide it towards the display till the tabs 
on the keyboard are released from the palm-rest assembly. 

3 Turn the keyboard over. 




1 screws (3) 
3 tabs (4) 



2 keyboard 

4 palm-rest assembly 



38 I Keyboard 



4 Lift the release latches on the connectors on the system board and 
disconnect the keyboard cable and keyboard-backlight cable. 

5 Lift the keyboard off the palm-rest assembly. 




1 keyboard cable 



keyboard backlight cable 



Replacing the Keyboard 



Procedure 
1 



Slide the keyboard cable and keyboard backlight cable into the connectors 
on the system board and press down on the connector latches to 
secure the cables. 

Slide the tabs on the keyboard into the slots on the palm-rest assembly and 
lower the keyboard into place. 

Gently press around the edges of the keyboard to secure the keyboard 
under the tab on the palm-rest assembly. 

Replace the screws that secure the keyboard to the computer base. 



Keyboard | 



39 



Postrequisites 

1 Replace the center-control cover 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

2 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

3 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

4 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



40 I Keyboard 



10 



Palm-Rest Assembly 

/[\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read tlie safety information 
tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 



Palm-Rest Assembly | 41 



Procedure 

1 Remove the screws that secure the pahn-rest assembly to 
the computer base. 




2 Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 

3 Remove the center-control cover (see "Removing the Center-Control 
Cover" on page 33). 

4 Remove the keyboard (see "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37). 

/\ CAUTION: Use the pull-tabs on top of the connectors to avoid damage to the 
connectors. 

5 Lift the connector latches and use the pull-tabs to disconnect the 
touchpad cable and power-button board cable from the connectors on the 
system board. 

6 Disconnect the speakers cable and status-light board cable from the 
connectors on the system board. 



42 



I Palm-Rest Assembly 



7 Remove the two screws that secure the pahn-rest assembly to the 
computer base. 

/\ CAUTION: Carefully separate the palm-rest assembly from the computer base to 
avoid damage to the palm-rest assembly. 




1 touch-pad cable connector 
3 status-light board cable 
5 palm-rest assembly 



2 speakers cable 

4 screws (2) 

6 power-button board cable connector 



8 Pry out the pahn-rest assembly along the rear edge and then ease the 
palm-rest assembly from the computer base. 

9 Lift the palm-rest assembly off the computer base. 



Palm-Rest Assembly | 



43 



Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly 

Procedure 

1 Align the palm-rest assembly on the computer base and gently snap the 
palm-rest assembly into place. 

2 Replace the two screws that secure the palm-rest assembly to the computer 
base. 

3 Connect the speakers cable and status-light board cable to the connectors 
on the system board. 

4 Slide the touch-pad cable and power-button board cable into their 
connectors on the system board, and press down on their connector latches 
to secure the cables. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

2 Replace the center-control cover 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

3 Close the display and turn the computer over. 

4 Replace the screws that secure the palm-rest assembly to the 
computer base. 

5 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

6 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

7 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. 



44 I Palm-Rest Assembly 



11 



Wireless Mini-Card(s)/WirelessHD 
Card (Optional) 

/S\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

^ NOTE: Dell or Allenware does not guarantee compatibility or provide support for 
Mini-Cards from sources other than Dell or Allenware. 

If you ordered a wireless mini-card with your computer, the card is already 
installed. 

^ NOTE: The procedure for removing and replacing the WirelessHD card (optional) is 
the same as Mini-Card(s). 

Removing the Mini-Card(s) 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 



Wireless Mini-Card(s) | 45 



Procedure 

1 Disconnect the antenna cables from the connectors on the mini-card. 

2 Remove the screw that secures the mini-card to the system board. 




1 screw 
3 Mini-Card 



2 antenna cables (2) 



46 I Wireless Mini-Card(s) 



3 Slide and remove the mini-card out of the connector on the system board 




Replacing the Mini-Card(s) 



Procedure 

1 Remove the new Mini-Card from its packaging. 

/\ CAUTION: Use firm and even pressure to slide tlie mini-card into place. If you use 
excessive force, you may damage the connector. 

/\ CAUTION: The connectors are keyed to ensure correct insertion. If you feel 
resistance, check the connectors on the mini-card and on the system board, and 
realign the mini-card. 

2 Insert the mini-card connector at a 45-degree angle into the connector on 
the system board. 

3 Press the other end of the mini-card down into the slot on the 
system board and replace the screw that secures the mini-card to 
the system board. 



Wireless Mini-Card(s) | 



47 



4 Connect the mini-card cables to the connectors on the mini-card. 
The following table provides the antenna cable color scheme for each 
mini-card supported by your computer: 

Connectors on the Mini-Card Antenna Cable Color Scheme 
WLAN (2 antenna cables) 

Main WLAN (white triangle) white 

Auxiliary WLAN (black triangle) black 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

2 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

3 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



48 I Wireless Mini-Card(s) 



12 



Power-Button Board 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Power-Button Board 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

Procedure 

1 Cently peel the power-button board cable from the palm-rest assembly. 

2 Remove the screws that secure the power-button board to the 
palm-rest assembly. 



Power-Button Board I 49 



3 Carefully lift the power-button board and release its cable from the slot on 
the palm-rest assembly. 




1 power-button board 

3 power-button board cable 



screws (2) 



Replacing the Power-Button Board 

Procedure 

1 Slide the power-button board cable through the slot on the 
palm-rest assembly. 

2 Use the alignment posts on the palm-rest assembly to place the 
power-button board in place. 

3 Replace the screws that secure the power-button board to the 
palm-rest assembly. 

4 Adhere the power-button board cable to the palm-rest assembly. 



50 I Power-Button Board 



Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

3 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

4 Replace the battery pack. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

5 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

6 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



Power-Button Board | 51 



52 



Power-Button Board 



13 



Status-Lights Board 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Status-Lights Board 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

Procedure 

1 Turn the palm-rest assembly over 

2 Note the routing of status-light board cable and remove the cable from the 
routing guides. 

^ NOTE: If the status-light board cable is underthe speakers cable, remove the 
speakers cable first and then remove the status-light board cable. 



Status-Lights Board | 53 



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1 status-light board cable 






54 1 Status-Lights Board 







4 


Remove the screw that secures the status-light board to the pahn 
rest assembly. 




5 


Carefully lift the status-light board and release its cable from the 
the palm-rest assembly. 


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1 


status-light board 2 screw 




Replacing the Status-Lights Board 




Procedure. 




1 


Slide the status-light board cable through the slot in the 
palm-rest assembly. 




2 


Align the slot on the status-light board with the alignment post on the 
palm-rest assembly 


3 


Replace the screw that secures the status-light board to the 
palm-rest assembly 




4 


Turn the palm-rest assembly over 




5 


Route the status-light board cable through the routing guides on 
palm-rest assembly 


the 




Status-Lights Board 


1 55 



Postrequisites 

6 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

7 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

8 Replace the center-control cover 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

9 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

10 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

1 1 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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14 



Speakers 



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tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Speakers 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

Procedure 

1 Turn the palm-rest assembly oven 

2 Note the routing of speakers cable and remove the cable from the routing 
guides. 

^ NOTE: If the speakers cable is underthe status-light board cable, remove the 
status-light board cable first and then remove the speakers cable. 



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3 Remove the four screws that secure the speakers to the pahn-rest assembly. 

4 Lift the speakers along with the cable away from the palm-rest assembly. 




1 speakers (2) 
3 speakers cable 



screws (4) 



Replacing the Speakers 



Procedure 

1 Align the screw holes on the speakers with the screw holes on the palm-rest 
assembly and route the speakers cable through the routing guides. 

2 Replace the screws that secure the speakers to the palm-rest assembly. 

3 Turn the palm-rest assembly over 



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Speakers 



Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

3 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

4 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

5 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

6 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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60 



Speakers 



15 



Subwoofer 



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tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Subwoofer 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

Procedure 

1 Disconnect the subwoofer cable from the connector on the system board. 

2 Note the routing of subwoofer cable and remove the cable from 
the routing guides. 



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3 Lift the subwoofer along with the cable off the computer base. 




1 subwoofer cable 



subwoofer 



Replacing the Subwoofer 



Procedure 

1 Align the slots on the subwoofer with the alignment posts on 
the computer base. 

2 Route the subwoofer cable through the routing guides. 

3 Connect the subwoofer cable to the connector on the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

3 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 



62 



Subwoofer 



4 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

5 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

6 Follow the instructions in "After Working hiside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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16 



Internal Card with Bluetooth 
Wireless Technology 

/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

If you ordered a card with Bluetooth wireless technology with your computer, 
it is already installed. 

Removing the Bluetooth Card 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

Procedure 

1 Disconnect the Bluetooth-card cable from the connector on the system 
board. 

2 Remove the screw that secures the Bluetooth card to the computer base. 

3 Note the routing of Bluetooth-card cable and remove the cable from the 
routing guides. 

4 Lift the Bluetooth card along with the cable off the computer base. 



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1 Bluetooth-card cable connector 
3 screw 



Bluetooth card 



Replacing the Bluetooth Card 

Procedure 

1 Align the screw hole on the Bluetooth card with the screw hole on 
the system board. 

2 Replace the screw that secures the Bluetooth card to the computer base. 

3 Connect the Bluetooth-card cable to the connector on the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

3 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 



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I Internal Card with Bluetooth Wireless Technology 



4 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

5 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

6 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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68 I Internal Card with Bluetooth Wireless Technology 



17 



Coin-Cell Battery 



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that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

/i\ WARNING: The battery may explode if installed incorrectly. Replace the battery 
only with the same or equivalent type. Discard used batteries according to the 
manufacturer's instructions. 

Removing the Coin-Cell Battery 

/\ CAUTION: Removing the coin-cell battery resets the BIOS settings to default. It is 
recommended that you note the BIOS settings before removing the 
coin-cell battery. 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

4 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

5 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 



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Procedure 

1 Disconnect the coin-cell battery cable from the connector on 
the system board. 

2 Gently pry out the coin-cell battery from the slot on the computer base. 




1 coin-cell battery cable 



2 coin-cell battery 



Replacing the Coin-Cell Battery 

Procedure 

1 Use the adhesive on the coin-cell battery and adhere it to slot on 
the computer base. 

2 Connect the coin-cell battery cable to the connector on the system board. 



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Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44). 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39). 

3 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

4 Replace the battery See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

5 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

6 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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72 I Coin-Cell Battery 



18 



Display Assembly 



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that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Display Assembly 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Disconnect the antenna cables from the mini-card (s). 
See "Removing the Mini-Card (s)" on page 45. 



Display Assembly | 73 



4 Note the routing of the WirelessIID card (optional) and mini-card 

antenna cables and remove them from the routing guides on the computer 
base. 

^ NOTE: The WirelessHD card is optional and may not be present in your computer 




1 Mini-Card antenna cables 

5 Turn the computer over and open the display as far as possible. 

6 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

7 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

8 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 



74 I Display Assembly 



Procedure 

1 Using the pull-tab, disconnect the display cable from the connector on 
the system board. 

2 Disconnect the logo-board cable from the connector on the system board. 

3 Gently peel the display cable and the logo-board cable from the 
system board. 

4 Remove the screws that secure the display assembly to the computer base. 

5 Gently slide the WirelessIID (optional) and mini-card antenna cables out 
through the slot on the computer base. 

6 Lift the display assembly off the computer. 




1 display assembly 
3 display cable 



2 screws (4) 

4 logo-board cable 



Display Assembly | 



75 



Replacing the Display Assembly 

Procedure 

1 Slide the WirelessIID (optional) and mini-card antenna cables through 
the slot on the computer base. 

2 Place the display assembly in position and replace the screws that secure 
the display assembly to the computer base. 

^ NOTE: Ensure that no cables lie between the display assembly and the computer 
base. 

3 Connect the display cable and the logo-board cable to the connectors on 
the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

2 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

3 Replace the center-control cover 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

4 Turn the computer over and route the WirelessIID card and mini-card 
antenna cables through the routing guides on the computer base. 

5 Connect the Mini-Card antenna cables to the mini-card(s). 
See "Replacing the Mini-Card (s)" on page 47. 

6 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

7 Replace the base cover See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

8 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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19 



Mini-Card Board 



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that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Mini-Card Board 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

2 Remove the battery. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

3 Remove the mini-card (s). See "Removing the Mini-Card (s)" on page 45. 

4 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

5 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

6 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 



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Procedure 

1 Remove the screws that secure the mini-card board to the computer base. 

2 Lift the mini-card board to disconnect the connector on the 
mini-card board from the connector on the svstem board. 




1 screws (3) 



2 Mini-Card board 



Replacing the Mini-Card Board 

Procedure 

1 Align the connector on the mini-card board with the connector on the 
system board and press gently. 

2 Replace the three screws that secure the mini-card board to the computer 
base. 



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Postrequisites 

3 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Lift the palm-rest assembly off the computer base." on page 43. 

4 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

5 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

6 Replace the mini-card(s). See "Replacing the Mini-Card(s)" on page 47. 

7 Replace the battery See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

8 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16. 

9 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on page 13. 



Mini-Card Board | 79 



80 



Mini-Card Board 



20 



System Board 



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tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices Information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

The system board's BIOS chip contains the Service Tag, which is also visible 
on a barcode label at the bottom of the computer. 

Removing the System Board 

Prerequisites 

1 Remove any installed card or blank from the 9-in-l Media Card reader. 

2 Remove the base cover. See "Removing the Base Cover" on page 15. 

3 Remove the battery pack. See "Removing the Battery" on page 17. 

4 Remove the mini-card (s). See "Removing the Mini-Card (s)" on page 45. 

5 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 3 in "Removing the Optical 
Drive" on page 19. 

6 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 3 in Removing the Hard Drive. 

7 Remove the memory module (s). 

See "Removing the Memory Module (s)" on page 29. 

8 Remove the center-control cover. 

See "Removing the Center-Control Cover" on page 33. 

9 Remove the keyboard. See "Removing the Keyboard" on page 37. 

10 Remove the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Removing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 41. 

11 Remove the Mini-Card board. 

See "Removing the Mini-Card Board" on page 77. 



System Board | 81 



Procedure 

1 Using the pull-tab, disconnect the display cable and the hard-drive cable 
from the connectors on the system board. 

2 Disconnect the logo-board cable, Bluetooth-card cable, coin-cell 
battery cable, and subwoofer cable from the connectors on the 
system board. 

3 Remove the screws that secure the system board to the computer base. 



82 I System Board 



4 Lift and ease the connectors on the system board out of the slots on 
the computer base. 




system board 2 

subwoofer cable connector 4 

hard-drive cable connector 6 

logo-board cable connector 8 



screws (5) 

coin-cell battery cable connector 
Bluetooth card cable connector 
display-cable connector 



Turn the system board over. 

Remove the thermal fan. See "Removing the Thermal Fan" on page 87. 

Remove the thermal cooling assembly. 

See "Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly" on page 89. 

Remove the processor module. 

See "Removing the Processor Module" on page 93. 



System Board | 



83 



Replacing the System Board 

Procedure 

1 Replace the processor module. 

See "Replacing the Processor Module" on page 95. 

2 Replace the thermal cooling assembly. 

See "Replacing the Thermal Cooling Assembly" on page 90. 

3 Replace the thermal fan. See "Replacing the Thermal Fan" on page 88. 

4 Turn the system board over. 

5 Align the connectors on the system board with the slots on the computer 
base and place it on the computer base. 

^ NOTE: Ensure that no cables lie between the system board and the computer base. 

6 Replace the screws that secure the system board to the computer base. 

7 Connect the display cable, logo-board cable, Bluetooth-card cable, 
hard-drive cable, coin-cell battery cable, and subwoofer cable to the 
connectors on the system-board. 

Postrequisites 

8 Replace the mini-card board. 

See "Replacing the Mini-Card Board" on page 78. 

9 Replace the palm-rest assembly. 

See "Replacing the Palm-Rest Assembly" on page 44. 

10 Replace the keyboard. See "Replacing the Keyboard" on page 39. 

11 Replace the center-control cover. 

See "Replacing the Center-Control Cover" on page 35. 

12 Replace the memory module (s). 

See "Replacing the Memory Module (s)" on page 31. 

13 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 5 in Replacing the Hard Drive. 

14 Follow the instructions from step 6 to step 8 in "Replacing the Optical 
Drive" on page 22. 

15 Replace the mini-card (s). See "Replacing the Mini-Card (s)" on page 47. 

16 Replace the battery. See "Replacing the Battery" on page 18. 

84 I System Board 



17 Replace the base cover. See "Replacing the Base Cover" on page 16) 

18 Replace any cards or blank that you removed from the 9-in-l Media Card 
reader. 

19 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel3. 

Entering the Service Tag in the BIOS 

1 Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in and that the main battery is 
installed properly. 

2 Turn on the computer. 

3 Press <F2> during POST to enter the system setup program. 

4 Navigate to the Security tab and enter the service tag in the 
Set Service Tag field. 



System Board | 85 



86 



System Board 



21 



Thermal Fan 



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tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Thermal Fan 

Prerequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 4 in "Removing the System 
Board" on page 81. 

Procedure 

1 Disconnect the thermal-fan cable from the connector on the system board. 

2 Remove the screws that secure the thermal fan to the svstem board. 



Thermal Fan I 87 



3 Lift the thermal fan and gently peel the tape that secures the thermal fan 
to the thermal cooling assembly. 




1 screws (3) 
3 thermal fan 



2 thermal fan cable connector 
4 tape 



Replacing the Thermal Fan 



Procedure 

1 Align the screw holes on the thermal fan with the screw holes on 
the system board. 

2 Adhere the tape to secure the thermal fan to the thermal cooling assembly. 

3 Replace the screws that secure the thermal fan to the system board. 

4 Connect the thermal-fan cable to the connector on the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 18 in "Replacing the System 
Board" on page 84. 

2 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel3. 



I Thermal Fan 



22 



Thermal Cooling Assembly 

/[\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read tlie safety information 
tliat sliipped witli your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

/i\ WARNING: If you remove the thermal cooling assembly from the computer when 
the thermal cooling assembly is hot, do not touc/ithe mBta\ housing of the thermal 
cooling assembly. 

Removing the Thermal Cooling Assembly 

Prerequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 6 in "Removing the System 
Board" on page 81. 

Procedure 

1 In sequential order (indicated on the thermal cooling assembly), loosen 
the captive screws that secure the thermal cooling assembly to the 
system board. 



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2 Carefully lift thermal cooling assembly away from the system board. 




1 thermal cooling assembly 



2 captive screws (7) 



^ NOTE: The appearance of the thermal cooling assembly may differ based on 
your computer model. 

Replacing the Thermal Cooling Assembly 

1^ NOTE: The original thermal grease can be reused if the original processor and 
thermal cooling assembly are reinstalled together If either the processor or the 
thermal cooling assembly is replaced, use the thermal pad provided in the kit to 
ensure that thermal conductivity is achieved. 

Procedure 

1 Clean the thermal grease from the bottom of the thermal cooling 
assembly and reapply it. 

2 Align the captive screws on the thermal cooling assembly with the screw 
holes on the system board and tighten the screws in sequential order 
(indicated on the thermal cooling assembly). 



90 



I Thermal Cooling Assembly 



Postrequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 3 to step 18 in "Replacing the System 
Board" on page 84. 

2 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



Thermal Cooling Assembly | 91 



92 



I Thermal Cooling Assembly 



23 



Processor Module 



/i\ WARNING: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information 
that shipped with your computer and follow the steps in "Before You Begin" on 
page 11. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory 
Compliance Homepage at dell.com/regulatory_compliance. 

Removing the Processor Module 

Prerequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 1 to step 7 in "Removing the System 
Board" on page 81. 

Procedure 

/\ CAUTION: To prevent intermittent contact between the ZIF-socket and the 
processor when removing or replacing the processor, press to apply slight 
pressure to the centre of the processor while turning the cam screw. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid damage to the processor, hold the screwdriver so that it is 
perpendicular to the processor when turning the cam screw. 

1 To loosen the ZIF socket, use a small, flat-blade screwdriver and rotate the 
ZIF-socket cam screw counterclockwise until it comes to the cam stop. 



Processor Module | 93 




1 ZIF socket 
3 pin-1 corner 



2 processor module 
4 ZIF-socket cam screw 



/\ CAUTION: To ensure maximum cooling for tlie processor module, do not touch the 
heat transfer areas on the processor thermal-cooling assembly. The oils in your 
skin can reduce the heat transfer capability of the thermal pads. 

/\ CAUTION: When removing the processor module, pull the module straight up. Be 
careful not to bend the pins on the processor module. 

2 Lift the processor module off the ZIF socket. 



94 



Processor Module 



Replacing the Processor Module 

^ NOTE: If a new processor module is installed, you will receive a new thermal 
cooling assembly, which will include an affixed thermal pad, or you will receive a 
new thermal pad along with documentation to illustrate proper installation. 

Procedure 

1 Align the pin-1 corner of the processor module with the pin-1 corner of 
the ZIF socket. 

^ NOTE: The pin-1 corner of the processor module has a triangle that aligns with the 
triangle on the pin-1 corner of the ZIF socket. 

2 Place the processor module lightly in the ZIF socket and ensure that the 
processor module is positioned correctly. 

/\ CAUTION: To avoid damage to the processor module, hold the screwdriver 
perpendicular to the processor module when turning the cam screw. 

3 Tighten the ZIF socket by turning the cam screw clockwise to secure the 
processor module to the system board. 

Postrequisites 

1 Follow the instructions from step 2 to step 18 in "Replacing the System 
Board" on page 84. 

2 Follow the instructions in "After Working Inside Your Computer" on pagel 3. 



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24 



System Setup 

Overview 

Use the system setup to: 

• Get information about the hardware installed in your computer, such as 
the amount of RAM, the size of the hard drive, and so on 

• Change the system configuration information 

• Set or change a user-selectable option, such as the user password, type of 
hard drive installed, enabling or disabling base devices, and so on 

CAUTION: Unless you are an expert computer user, do not change the settings for this 
program. Certain changes can make your computer work incorrectly. 

^ NOTE: Before you change system setup, it is recommended that you write down 
the system setup screen information for future reference. 

Entering System Setup 

1 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 

2 During POST, when the DELL logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt 
to appear and then press <F2> immediately. 

^ NOTE: The F2 prompt indicates that the l<eyboard has initialized. This prompt 
can appear very quicl<ly, so you must watch for it, and then press <F2>. If you 
press <F2> before the F2 prompt, this keystroke is lost. If you wait too long and 
the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the 
Microsoft Windows desktop. Then, turn off your computer and try again. See 
"Turn Off Your Computer and Connected Devices" on page 11. 

System Setup Screens 

The system setup screen displays current or changeable configuration 
information for your computer. Information on the screen is divided into 
three areas: the setup item, active help screen, and key functions. 



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Setup Item — This field appears on 


Help Screen — This field appears on the 






the left side of the system setup 


right side of the system setup window and 






window. The field is a scrollable list 


contains information about each option 






containing features that define the 


listed in the Setup Item. In this field you 






configuration of your computer, 


can view information about your computer 






including installed hardware, power 


and make changes to your current settings. 






conservation, and security features. 


Press the up- and down-arrow keys to 






Scroll up and down the list with the 


highlight an option. Press <Enter> to 






up- and down-arrow keys. As an option 


make that selection active and return to 






is highlighted, the Help Screen 


the Setup Item. 






displays more information about that 


NOTE: Not all settings listed in the Setup 






option and available settings. 


Item are changeable. 




Key Functions — This field appears be 


ow the Help Screen and lists keys and their 




functions within the active system setu 


3 field. 






System Setup Options 






1^ NOTE: Depending on your computer 
"" section may not appear, or may not a 


and installed devices, the items listed in this 


ppear exactly as listed. 




Main 








System Time (hh:mm:ss) 


Displays the system time. 




System Date (mm/dd/yy) 


Displays the system date. 


BIOS Version 


Displays the BIOS version. 


Product Name 


Displays the product name. 


Service Tag 


Displays the service tag of your computer 


Asset Tag 


Displays the asset tag of the computer 


CPU Type 


Displays the type of processor installed. 


CPU Speed 


Displays the speed of the processor. 


CPU ID 


Displays the processor identification 




code. 


CPU Caclie 




LI Cache 


Displays the processor LI cache size. 


98 1 System Setup 







L2 Cache 


Displays the processor L2 cache size. 


L3 Cache 


Displays the processor L3 cache size. 


Integrated Graphics 


Displays the integrated graphics. 


Discrete Graphics 1 


Displays the discrete graphics. 


Fixed HDD 


Displays the device name and size. 


SAT A ODD 


Displays the device name and size. 


mSATA Device 


Displays the device name and size. 


AC Adapter Type 


Displays the device name and type. 


Total Memory 


Displays the total memory available in 




your computer. 


Memory Bank 


Displays the memory size installed in 
DIMM 0. 


Memory Bank 1 


Displays the memory size installed in 
DIMMl. 


Advanced 


Intel(R)SpeedStep 


Allows you to enable or disable the Intel 
SpeedStep technology Disabling this 
feature may improve performance, but 
will greatly reduce battery life. 


Virtualization 


Allows you to enable or disable the Intel 
Virtualization technology. 


Integrated NIC 


Allows you to enable or disable the on- 
board LAN controller. 




• Disabled: Internal LAN is disabled and 




is not visible to the operating system. 




• Enabled: Internal LAN is enabled. 




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USB Emulation 



USB Powershare 



USB Wake Support 



SATA Operation 



Allows you to enable or disable the USB 
emulation feature. This feature defines 
how the BIOS, in the absence of a USB- 
aware operating system, handles USB 
devices. USB emulation is always enabled 
during POST. 

NOTE: You cannot boot any type of USB 
device (floppy, hard drive, or memory key) 
when this option is off. 

Allows you to charge USB devices when 
the computer is turned off or in standby 
mode. 

• AC Only: Charge USB devices when 
connected to AC adapter only. 

• AC and Battery; Charge USB devices 
when connected to AC adapter and 
when the computer is running on 
battery 

• Disabled; Disables USB Powershare. 

Allows you to enable USB devices to wake 
the computer from standby or to disable 
the USB wake support feature. 

NOTE: If USB Powershare is enabled, a 
device connected to the USB Powershare 
connector may not wake the computer. 

Allows you to configure the operating 
mode of the integrated SATA hard drive 
controller 

• ATA; SATA is configured for ATA mode. 

• AHCI; SATA IS configured for AHCI 



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Adapter Warnings 


Allows you to choose if the computer 




should display warning messages when 




you use certain power adapters. The 




computer displays these messages if you 




attempt to use a power adapter that has 




too little capacity for your configuration. 




• Disabled: BIOS will not detect 




unsupported AC adapters and will not 




display any message on the screen. 




• Enabled: BIOS will detect unsupported 




AC adapters and display an error on the 




screen. 


Function Key Behavior 


If enabled, you can use the multimedia 




keys directly without using the function 




key combination. 


Battery Health 


Displays the battery health of your 




computer. 


Miscellanoues Devices 




External USB Ports 


Allows you to enable or disable external 




USB ports. 


USB debug 


This feature supports only USB 3.0 




devices. 


Performance Option 




CPU Turbo Mode 


Allows you to enable or disable the Intel 




CPU turbo mode performance option. 


Overclocking Features 


Allows you to enable or disable the global 




overclocking feature. 




* Disabled: The overclocking feature is 




disabled. 




• Enabled: Displays additional 




overclocking options. 


Wireless 


Bluetooth 


Allows you to enable or disable the 




internal Bluetooth device. 




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wireless Network 



DMC 



Allows you to enable or disable the 
internal wireless device. 

Allows you to enable or disable the 
internal DMC device 



Security 



Admin Password 
System Password 
Admin Password 
System Password 
Password Change 

Computrace(R) 



Displays the admin account password. 

Displays the system password. 

Allows you to set the admin password. 

Allows you to set the system password. 

Displavs whether you have access to 

change passwords. 

Allows you to enable or disable 
Computrace security feature. 



Boot 



Boot Device Priority: Use F5 or F6 keys to change the boot device priority. You can 
choose from: 



• Hard Drive 

• CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive 

• Network 



Exit Menu 



Exit Saving Changes 



Save Change Without Exit 



Exit Discarding Changes 



Load Optimal Defaults 



Discard Changes 



Allows you to exit System Setup and save 
your changes to CMOS. 

Allows you remain in System Setup and 
save your changes to CMOS. 

Allows you to exit System Setup and load 
previous values from CMOS for all Setup 
items. 

Allows you to load default values for all 
Setup items. 

Allows you to load previous values from 
CMOS for all Setup items. 



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Boot Sequence 

This feature allows you to change the boot sequence for devices. 

Boot Options 

• Hard Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the primary hard 
drive. If no operating system is on the drive, the computer generates an 
error message. 

• CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive — The computer attempts to boot from the 
optical drive. If no disc is in the drive, or if the disc is not bootable, 
the computer generates an error message. 

• Network — The computer attempts to boot from the network. If no 
operating system is found on the network, the computer generates an error 
message. 

Changing Boot Sequence for tlie Current Boot 

You can use this feature to change the current boot sequence, for example, to 
boot from the optical drive to run Dell Diagnostics from the Drivers and 
Utilities disc. The previous boot sequence is restored at the next boot. 

1 If you are booting from a USB device, connect the USB device to a USB 
connector. 

2 Turn on (or restart) your computer. 

3 When F 2 Setup, F12 Boot Options appears in the lower-right 
corner of the screen, press <F12>. 

t^ NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait 
until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop. Then shut down your computer and 
try again. 

The Boot Device Menu appears, listing all available boot devices. 

4 On the Boot Device Menu choose the device you want to boot from 
and press <Enter>. 



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Changing Boot Sequence for Future Boots 

1 Enter system setup. See "Entering System Setup" on page 97. 

2 Use the arrow keys to highlight the Boot menu option and press <Enter> 
to access the menu. 

^ NOTE: Write down your current boot sequence In case you want to restore it. 

3 Press the up- and down-arrow keys to move through the hst of devices. 

4 Press plus (F5) or minus (F6) to change the boot priority of the device. 



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The BIOS may require flashing when an update is available or when replacing 
the system board. To flash the BIOS: 

1 Turn on the computer. 

2 Go to support.dell.com/support/downloads. 

3 Locate the BIOS update file for your computer: 

1^ NOTE: The Service Tag for your computer Is located on a label at the bottom 
of your computer. For more Information, seethe Quick Start Guide that 
shipped with your computer. 

If you have your computer's Service Tag or Express Service Code: 

a Enter your computer's Service Tag or Express Service Code in the 
Service Tag or Express Service Code field. 

b Click Submit and proceed to step 4. 

If you do not have your computer's Service Tag or Express Service Code: 

a Select one of the following options: 

• Automatically detect my Service Tag for me 

• Choose from My Products and Services List 

• Choose from a list of all Dell products 

b Click Continue and follow the instructions on the screen. 

4 A list of results appears on the screen. Click BIOS. 

5 Click Download File to download the latest BIOS file. 

6 In the Please select your download method below window, click For 
Single File Download via Browser, and then click Download Now. 

7 In the Save As window, select an appropriate location to download the file 
on your computer 

8 If the Download Complete window appears, click Close. 



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9 Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the BIOS update file. The 
file icon appears in the folder and is titled the same as the downloaded 
BIOS update file. 

10 Double-click the BIOS update file icon and follow the instructions that 
appear on the screen. 



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